Alex Mustard è una celebrità indiscussa nel mondo della subacquea. le sue fotografie sono dei capolavori esposti in molte sale e musei del mondo. Originariamente Biologo marino, dal 2004 si dedica full time alla fotografia. In realtà si dice che abbia scattato la sua prima fotografia subacquea alla tenera età di 9 anni. negli anni ha sviluppato una tecnica ed una creatività che ne fanno il grande maestro che tutti conosciamo. Di fatto ha sviluppato tecniche nel digitale con l’uso di filtri sulle luci e fu l’inventore del Magic Filter. Vedremo alcune delle sue foto nella galleria allegata a questa sua breve biografia. Alex nasce nel 1975 e negli anni ’90 prende il suo primo brevetto. Laureatosi in Biologia marina, lavora al UK National Oceanographic Centre di Southampton. Nel tempo diventa un apprezzato fotografo e le sue foto incominciano ad essere esposte in mostre e musei. Vince molti concorsi e diventa il BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Festival of Underwater Photography in Antibes, France. Una curiosità, nel 2006, ad Alex fu chiesto in occasione di una sua mostra di presentare personalmente le sue opere alla Regina Elisabetta ed al Duca di Edimburgo.
Alexander Mustard trained and worked as a marine biologist, but since 2004 has worked full time as a professional underwater photographer and author. He took his first pictures underwater at the age of nine. They were not very good, but over the years they improved and he is widely regarded as one of the most creative underwater photographers, whose works is admired and respected around the world. You can see a portfolio of his work here. He Alex was born in 1975 and has been a certified diver for more than half his life. His images are known for their distinctive style that makes them instantly recognisable, often with bright, strong colours and simple, yet memorable compositions. They have won many awards and have been widely published. Alex was an early adopter of digital and has pioneered many of the specialist techniques of digital underwater photography, such as the use of filters in available light photography leading to the invention of the Magic Filter (designed for digital SLR cameras, shooting available light stills or video, although can be used succesfully on compacts and video cameras). This filter is designed to work with the adjustable manual white balance of the camera, and give high image quality while working over a wide depth range and without causing too much loss of light.
The principle is similar to a traditional red filter. However, the Magic filter is not just a single colour, but a precise recipe derived from extensive real world underwater photography tests with digital cameras. It is not availble off the shelf and other filters sold for underwater photography do not use it. The original Magic filter looks orangey.
Alex developed also the fisheye-teleconvert technique for wide angle macro photography, the use of strobe filters for adjusting water colour, and using telephoto lenses underwater.
Moreover, he has not kept these techniques trade secrets, but has shared his ideas through numerous magazine articles and columns. Alex has won many awards for his photography including being a multiple winner in the two most prestigious competitions for underwater photographers: the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Festival of Underwater Photography in Antibes, France and many more. His photographs have been displayed in exhibitions around the world and a particular highlight was when Alex was asked to personally present his work to Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2006.